March 5, 2014
View of row of operators working at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, April 1927. The photograph is from our National Archives and was created by the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor. If you’d like a hi-res file, just click on the image and it’ll open up the larger file for you to […]
February 2, 2014
In last week’s New Yorker, I feasted my eyes on a photograph by Hassan Hajjaj. His latest exhibit at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York is titled “‘Kesh Angels” and includes the most street beautiful photos of women bikers in Marrakesh. Hassan Hajjaj Kesh Angels, 2010/1431 Edition of 7, Metallic Lambda Print on 3mm White Dibond Image courtesy of […]
January 19, 2014
This song continuously gives me goose bumps for its folky-electric power sound and lyrics. World music gone wild. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros live at The 100 Club performing “Bhindi Bhagee” from the Global a Go-Go LP. Read this Punk Magazine interview with Strummer by Judy McGuire.
January 17, 2014
If you were lucky enough to be traipsing around fancy free in San Francisco sometime in the 80′s, you may have seen her. Shiny alien space helmet, Casio under hand, perched on a street corner – she was a marvel for anyone to see and most of all for a farm girl from back east. […]
December 21, 2013
See Lynda Sherman’s brainchild, Bremelo Press for 100% authentically awesome letterpress products. Some are pre-pressed and ready for purchase on the online shop. Or you can go the custom route and have Bremelo make up something special for you. Lynda is a master printer, having studied with Dikko Faust in New York before making her […]
September 24, 2013
After posting my last entry, I was reminded of a piece by artist Gary Hill called Loop Through. I saw it for the first time at the PS1 exhibit in 2005, Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces. It’s two large video projections of Huppert looking at the camera. She is mesmerizing to watch – her eyes […]
September 24, 2013
The new record, Pure Heroine, is out in November. Her September show is sold out in New York. The girl is bringin’ it. Here is the video for her hit from earlier this year, “Royals” from The Love Club EP. It is pure pop grandness for the thoughtful set.
September 22, 2013
“I’m sure my boyfriend is out there somewhere. I’m sure he’s fantastic. I can’t wait to meet him.” (quote by Neko Case from “Who’s the Man?” by John Seabrook in the New Yorker, Sept. 23, 2013). Neko Case‘s recent album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love […]
July 31, 2013
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June 28, 2013
Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Photo by Peter Pettus/Library of Congress
June 10, 2013
Oh! Here is the new single by The Julie Ruin, “Oh Come On”. The full album, Run Fast is set to release on September 3rd on the band’s own label and distributed by Dischord.
June 6, 2013
Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, 1642 by Bartholomeus van der Helst This work of art and thousands of others are made available as hi-res downloads courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum along with a few other major museums have opened up their collections to the virtual public, making high quality digital files accessible with versions of share […]
May 29, 2013
It’s f-in’ summer already! Here are some pop wonders to get you through the heat. “Open” by Rhye from their latest release, Woman. A new mixtape from Chance The Rapper! What?! Here is “Good Ass Intro” from Acid Rap. And what would a hot summer be without Charli XCX? Her recent official and proper full-length record, True Romance includes […]
April 2, 2013
Three worth seeing before the trees bloom. Philip Guston, Untitled (Book) 1968, gouche on paper board Paul Klee, Comedians’ Handbill 1938, Gouache on newsprint Milton Avery, Landscape, c. 1935, Oil on canvas board Images courtesy of McKee, The Met and DC Moore respectively.
March 24, 2013
I was at the Met yesterday and hightailed it to their current photo exhibit, After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age. One piece from the exhibit that lingers in my brain is Debbie Grossman’s My Pie Town - a series of altered 1940 photographs that make women the scruffy stars of a dusty New Mexico landscape. The Fae and Doris […]
March 10, 2013
Here is Tegan and Sara with their candy flavored realness spreading the word that we are all the same inside. Sweet! “Closer” from Tegan and Sara’s 2013 album, Heartthrob.
March 6, 2013
China Miéville’s stories take you places where you are not sure you are. I often read passages in Miéville novels more than once. After going, huh? What just happened? Maybe I missed something? No, I missed nothing and what I read the first time happened and then it evaporated and only a squint of the eye is left. […]
February 26, 2013
Not new news, but new to me thanks to Mr. Troy Collins. Here is “Legs, Pt. 1″ from Darondo’s album Let My People Go on Ubiquity Records.
February 4, 2013
There have been crazy amounts of hype, but it’s here – My Bloody Valentine’s first release since 1991, mbv! Listen to “Who Sees You”. And here is My Bloody Valentine at their most ecstatic poppy drone in the early 90′s. This is “Soon” from the record that we all call one of our top 5 […]
January 27, 2013
A WordPress shout to Brian Jahn’s beautiful photography tribute to Jamaican culture and music. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Jahn on a recent book project. So I can promise that it’s totally worth your time to wonder through his blog archives. Blessing all over, seen… Jamming by Brian Jahn, 2010
January 26, 2013
A.M. Homes’ most recent book, May We Be Forgiven, is a dreamy comic nightmare with a hopeful spirit. It’s complex, layered and most of all impossible to put down as everything changes and grows right before your eyes. Amazing. Check out the interview with A.M. Homes by painter Jane Fine from the November issue of Bomb […]
January 20, 2013
Cat on Saturday from Jason Weisberger and boing boing.
January 16, 2013
The blog post title is a quote by artist Louise Bourgeois who has created many lives for her art self over the course of her long career. Ms. Bourgeois’ prints and drawings are the direct link from her nervous system to the outside world. The Museum of Modern Art has taken the massive archive of […]
January 14, 2013
Now that we have last year out of the way, we can make plenty of room for another year. Throw the crap you don’t want anymore out the door and move along. I will start the 2013 season of GFP with what I liked best today. This morning around 10:12 AM as I stopped at […]
December 21, 2012
Hungry Ghost is Sara Lund on drums, Andrew Price on guitar, and Lorca Wood on bass. Buy the record here or here. Seeing them live is LOUD and powerfully hypnotizing. “You can tell (or at least I can tell) when a band is playing together for the joy of it, for the love of rocking; where all other […]
December 20, 2012
The first motorcycle my dad brought home for me shortly after I rode my bicycle without training wheels was a used yellow Honda 50. Could I have been 5 or 6? I remember riding it for what seemed like hours or all day on Saturday afternoon. We had a very long stony driveway where I […]
December 15, 2012
Here is Seattle’s Wimps live on KEXP earlier this year performing “Stop Having Fun”. You can download 5 free songs by Wimps on Bandcamp! It’s well seasoned sarcastic slap-happy punk. The way I like it. Repeat LP will be out in January.
November 29, 2012
Tere O’Connor Dance is at New York Live Arts this week with the world premier of 2 new works. I am heading there on closing night and I can’t wait! Did you see it? If so, let us know. Read BLEED.
November 20, 2012
Read “Rosie” by Eileen Myles. Link and photo from This Long Century. While you’re there, look at Mike Watt in his kayak!
November 17, 2012
If you are like me – not too old yet but not too young anymore. And you ride a bike on some kind of regular basis. And you are not a bike tool, not a bike wimp, and not a bike fashion plate. But you care for your bike like it was your first and […]
November 12, 2012
“Do It With a Rockstar” from Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra! Click still below…
October 31, 2012
Just before Queen Sandy beheaded the region, I received more photos of Monica Bill Barnes & Co. directly from photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz. These are Halloween candy for tired eyes – joyous art moments viewed after scanning countless Internet photos of hurricane destruction. Thank you! MBB&CO. at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 2012 Photos […]
October 22, 2012
I am still not certain if I do or I don’t. I saw Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s big evening length show at the NYU Skirball Center for the Arts over the weekend. Barnes’ enthusiastic movement is modern dance meets vaudeville with Carol Burnett, Tina Turner, James Brown and glittery hints of Garland. So why […]
October 15, 2012
It’s that time of year again for The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival! Spread the word. This is an amazing festival and it’s the brain child of Desert Island. 2012 poster by Chris Ware
October 8, 2012
So good! Go get Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra‘s latest release, Theatre Is Evil. Do you have anything to say on the subject of this new record or Amanda Palmer? Just curious since I am an AFP latecomer. Photo by Shervin Lainez
October 3, 2012
Lucy Lippard visited the NY Art Book Fair last weekend and her vision is the seed of the current Brooklyn Museum exhibit, Materializing “Six Years”. There was an interesting read about Lippard on AFC yesterday. The short piece led me to think about the future of art making and art thinking and art writing. And then […]
September 21, 2012
Cordy Ryman has a new exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Texas. I wish I could use that teleporter a friend of mine has been working on for the past 25 years to go there now. Thanks to the blog New American Painting, for shedding light on this work earlier this week. All I can say […]
August 29, 2012
These are the days I missed and never found when I arrived. Nothing says New York City more than Blondie. “X Offender” live at CBGB – 1977.
August 28, 2012
The trailer for the 1980 film Times Square…yes that’s Tim Curry as DJ Johnny LaGuardia.
August 27, 2012
To continue my end of summer New York City drama, here is “Let’s Get Rid of New York” by the Randoms. This is the b-side of the 1977 single “ABCD” on Dangerhouse Records. LA punk underrated. Sleeve and vinyl image courtesy of break my face.
August 26, 2012
My love and hate relationship with New York is at its most intense during the hottest and quietest month of the year – August. “A Hare Grows in Manhattan” directed by Fritz Freleng, 1947 © Warner Bros.
August 14, 2012
Here is Purity Ring’s video for “Fineshrine” from their new album, Shrines. Sparkly. This video is from Twin Shadow’s summer release, Confess. The track is “Patient” and the bike is a Triumph. Last but never least - tUnE-yArDs with “My Country” from w h o k i l l. It’s not new this summer but it seems like summertime […]
August 9, 2012
You should know Kate Beaton - or at least know her books and website and art. The archive on her site is the best free online reading you can find. Hits include: Dr. Sara Baker, Nancy Drew covers retold, and the Bronte sisters. Oh so fun! One of my favorites from 2007… Buy Hark! A Vagrant for your loved […]
August 1, 2012
Click HERE and then enter the Micachu and the Shapes website and watch the videos for their 2012 album Never. There are 16 of them in all. Photo from Rough Trade Records
July 30, 2012
A kaleidoscopic track from Grass Widow’s 2012 album Internal Logic.
July 25, 2012
The British beat band, The Liverbirds (with a long i sound), hailed from Liverpool. The all girl rock and roll act was part of the Merseybeat sound…bands from Liverpool next to the Mersey River. And looking fairly 2010′s Brooklyn lesbian via 1960′s beat music hip – it’s clear why they were off the hook in […]
July 17, 2012
A few of my drawings are in the Pierogi Flat Files. See them folded neatly in the file drawers if you stop in to see Pierogi’s summer group show, Modus Vivendi. Hill, ink on paper by Stacey Stambaugh
July 13, 2012
See The Highlights latest issue XVI. Personal Best, 1982